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Understanding OPNFV 115 Plugfests OPNFV conducts plugfests after each release. Vendors and community members get together and collaborate on interop testing and different test projects. The plugfest serves two purposes. First, it accelerates projects significantly by having a burst of intense activity with the ability to work on issues and solve problems with other contributors face-to-face rather than remotely. Second, vendors with proprietary products that cannot be included in the OPNFV CI pipeline can test their wares across different scenarios and test cases. These plugfests are generally held concurrently with hackfests, as mentioned in Chapter 5. In addition to the already mentioned valuable contribution of RelEng, Pharos and Octopus, there is a lot of background infrastructure work in terms of developing tests, troubleshooting failures, creating and managing databases, providing the Docker containerization framework for test project tooling, building the tooling to promote scenarios through the tiers of tests, and finally analyzing the contribution of specific scenarios and pods to overall testing results. Finally, the OPNFV community recognizes the value of running functional and performance tests using real VNF workloads. In addition to project Clearwater mentioned above, a new project called Samplevnf has been created to do performance testing, benchmarking and characterization using five open source VNFs. These are "open source approximations" of carrier grade VNFs and not production grade; nevertheless, they are adequate for testing purposes. They are: ● CG-NAT (carrier grade network address translation) VNF ● Firewall (vFW) VNF ● Provider edge router (vPE) VNF ● Access control list (vACL) VNF ● Next Generation Infrastructure Core (NGIC) aka VEPC-SAE-GW VNF This chapter completes the discussion of the various OPNFV projects. In the next chapter, we will discuss how VNFs can be onboarded into OPNFV.

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